Clare M. Lopez
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West's Indecision Only Emboldens Erdogan

December 22, 2020  •  Newsmax

As other crises take center stage for the Trump administration's national security team, the dangerous ambitions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey have been spreading instability across the Mideast and North Africa (MENA).

For years Erdogan made no secret of his intention to restore the Ottoman Empire and become the sultan who will re-establish the Islamic Caliphate.

In Turkey, this goal has meant reinstating the dominant role of orthodox Sunni Islam in government as well as society.

Abroad, it meant launching Turkish troops and jihadist proxies to add to the chaos in places like the Iraqi, Libyan, and Syrian battlefields.

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Iran-Venezuela Relationship Grows Closer, Threatens US

December 8, 2020  •  Newsmax

In the midst of the U.S. election turmoil, it may be understandable that an important statement from the head of the U.S. Southern Command has gone relatively unnoticed.

On Dec. 2, 2020, Admiral Craig Faller told The Wall Street Journal that additional military personnel and weapons are arriving in Venezuela from Iran.

Adm. Faller said that Iran is sending Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force troops as well as unspecified weapons shipments to the Marxist regime of Nicolas Maduro.

The Quds Force is a division of the IRGC, itself designated a U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization in April 2019.

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Ending the Qatar Blockade

November 24, 2020  •  RealClear Defense

Last week, at the 2020 Global Security Forum, U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said that ending Qatar's blockade by three Gulf nations and Egypt is "a priority" of the Trump administration in "the next 70 days."

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Facing Iran in 2021

October 21, 2020  •  RealClear World

In a little noticed comment made in September 2020, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei praised the 21 July 1988 decision of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to accept a cease-fire in the eight-year war with Iraq. Khomeini had vowed jihad to total victory, but after a devastating toll in lives, Khomeini referred to his halt in the fighting as "taking poison." In his speech, Khamenei evoked Khomenei's "drinking the chalice of poison" in a way that had observers wondering whether he was hinting at some decision of his own to save the Iranian regime from collapse.

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Black Lives Matter: Not Just Communist, But Viciously Anti-Semitic Too

June 29, 2020  •  Frontpage Magazine

By the time violent rioters tore through the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Fairfax, Los Angeles on the night of Saturday May 30, 2020, it was too late. The vicious antisemitic, anti-Israel language of the M4BL and Black Lives Matter's demands that included accusations against Israel of "apartheid" and "genocide" had been brushed aside. Black Lives Matter (BLM) delegations had traveled to the Middle East to endorse Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria and pose for photo ops with the Palestinian flag. Statements from delegation leaders spoke of "occupation, ethnic cleansing and brutality" that Israel supposedly has perpetrated against the region's Arab-Muslim population.

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